The United States ' Deal With The American Indians From 1877-1900

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This essay will examine the efforts by the United States to deal with the American Indians from 1877-1900. From the time the Europeans first landed on the eastern coast of America, their migration westward meant confrontation with the Indians. The government policy for many years was to keep moving the Indians westward, just out reach of the frontier. This was important to the Americans because they felt if they could keep the Indians just out of reach, they would no longer be a threat, or cause problems when Americans wanted to settle further west. Westward expansion in the United States began to grow rapidly, and with the prospect of new economic gains, the problem of the Indians became even more important and was by no means going away.
After nearly 400 years of warfare between the United States and the Indians, in a policy of consolidation, the Indians were placed on reservations in the west. In exchange for rations of food and clothing, the Indians agreed not to hunt and not to leave the reservations. The Indians that refused to stay on their reservations became problematic to the Americans living in the west. This is evidenced by a letter written to President Grover Cleveland by New Mexico Governor Edmund Ross on August 14, 1886. In his letter to President Cleveland, Edmond Ross states, “we are firmly convinced that no permanent cessation of these raids or enduring safety of the isolated camps of miners and ranchmen can be secured as long as the Chiricahua and…

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